|(Translated by Diet Simon)
Comments about activist clowns on IndyMedia Germany 14 November. Pictures at http://germany.indymedia.org/2006/11/161969.shtml.
By beobachterin 14 Nov
The Clownarmy was conspicuous as a refreshingly witty and effective action form. At the
starting rally at the dump compound on 11 November they lined up alongside police and aped
their body stances. Amused passers-by stopped and asked the police for a smile. In
Gleneagles, the G8 venue in Scotland, the clownsarmy action form was also represented
already. Making fun of police is the weapon of the little people. Just like by court
jesters, the state might is mirrored, opening up new scopes for action.
The clowns were at Harlingen on Sunday shortly before the radiating train was due in the
Göhrde forest. One ran up the embankment to the rails and called to the police,
Its the birthday of one of you today! His name is Michael. Which one of you is
it? Were coming to congratulate! Two other clowns ran after him and called out
to us forest strollers, Theyre so lonely up here, come and help them
celebrate!, and back up again, So wheres Michael?
Im already happily anticipating many clowns next summer at the Baltic Sea (G8 in
Hats off to clowns, but stick to needling the cops
By ebenfalls amüsiert 14 Nov
At some point the screeching really got on my nerves. But it was effective. One thing I
didnt think was so good was that the clowns were always trying to involve others in
their action form and that was a bit bothersome when you had something else planned and
had to resist these advances. So, dear clowns, I doff my hat to you, but next time get on
the nerves of only the cops. See you at Heiligendamm.
Distracted other activists
By abgelenkte 14 Nov
All in all I found the clowns quite goods when they kept the cops busy. However, every
time I saw the clowns present in the Wendland they kept us busy and kept
us from our work, as if they wanted to do their show and everyone should watch
them. If thats the intention you might as well erect a stage next to the railway
track and have a concert on it! Wherever I saw the clowns, people were no longer doing
anything and only watched the clowns screeching and doing their thing. Dear clowns, next
time please target only the cops and thereby open up spaces for the other people, instead
of the other way around.
Some clowns just dont get it
By keinclown 14 Nov
It appears that some clowns think they have to engage everyone involved with something or
other. At the schoolkids demo in Lüchow clowns danced around our group several
times to get us to laugh, to join in or whatever. They responded to our irritated comments
with grimaces and mockery and called us spoilsports. It gets on your nerves! As tactical
theatre the clowns are a great idea, but not to entertain demonstrators, push any
behaviour on them or anything of that kind.
Not my revolution if I cant dance
Dear people, if you think resistance cant be fun thats your thing, but leave
the people in peace who dont think like that. There were moments when I was really
happy about little amusements, especially when we sat for nine hours in the cold night in
a road blockade and the clowns did their show. I think that takes more guts than we
"Stino" (translator doesnt know the term) had to find. So, hats off to
you, clowns, and keep it up.
Amusing and motivating
By lachen 14 Nov
Hay, I found that a super action to marshal such a clownsarmy in front of the muses palace
and I have to say it didnt bother me when they danced around me, in fact it lifted
my mood and motivated me to keep going.
By Amüsierter 14 Nov
I love this form of action. Its fun to watch. It empowers other forms of action,
makes the cops look ridiculous and distracts them. More of it!
Thanks a lot
By holzfäller 14 Nov
Dear clown army, youre super! Many thanks for your great ideas and actions. Please
come again next time!